Improving Access to and Quality of Adolescent Well-Care Services through Partnerships with School Based Health Centers (SBHCs)
Funded by the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB)/ Moda Health grant, OPIP led a quality improvement project in two communities to improve the provision of adolescent well-care visits at a community-level, by leveraging partnerships with School Based Health Centers (SBHCs).
The project was funded from June 2015 to March 2017, and was intentionally designed to align with and support implementation of well-care visits, depression and substance abuse screenings, and follow-up that is measured in the Oregon CCO Incentive Metrics and SBHC Key Performance Measures. The project also supported development and implementation of youth-centered educational materials used to inform and engage youth to access well-child care. Lastly, the project supported development and implementation of models by which SBHCs and primary care practices can better coordinate and communicate with each other.
The two communities of focus with SBHC sites were intentionally chosen given their varied geographic locations and medical sponsorship. These sites were: Tigard High School Based Health Center, and Pendleton High School Based Health Center.
- Tigard School Based Health Center / Virginia Garcia Memorial Health:
Tigard SBHC is located in a suburban Oregon community, at Tigard High School with a student population of approximately 2000. This SBHC is sponsored and intertwined by the larger Virginia Garcia Memorial Health system.
- Pendleton School Based Health Center / Umatilla County Public Health:
Pendleton SBHC is located in a rural Oregon community, at Pendleton High School with a student population of approximately 1000. This SBHC is sponsored by the Umatilla County Public Health Department.
A number of learnings, tools, and methods were developed and disseminated through this project. Quality improvement efforts focused on the key objectives listed below. Please click on the subpage links to access these tools and resources. For more information or questions, please contact OPIP staff at [email protected]
Overview of the Project:
• Project Overview Summary: Improving access to and quality of adolescent well-care services through partnerships with School-Based Health Centers
• Project Overview Webinar: Overview of the Project – OHA Adolescent Health SBHC Coordinator Call
Key QI Efforts and Project Subpages:
- Training and facilitation to the SBHC sites on three metrics: (a) adolescent well-care visits, (b) depression screening and follow-up, and (c) substance abuse screening, brief intervention, referral, and treatment (SBIRT)
- Development of educational materials for adolescents, that provide information about why well-care is important, what to expect, and the unique role that SBHCs can play in providing well-child care.
- Development and assessment of models to enhance the coordination of care and population management between SBHCs and primary care providers in the community.
- Identification of policy-level improvements that address barriers and incentives identified throughout the project.
- OPIP also contracted with the OHA Transformation Center to develop a 10-Part webinar series on Adolescent Well-Care Visits.